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How to Rename Drive Label in Windows 10

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A drive name or drive label is a unique name of up to 32 (NTFS) or 11 (FAT) characters assigned to a drive, disc, or other media connected to the computer.

Every drive and storage device on your computer has a friendly name (aka: label) to make it easier to recognize.

This tutorial will show you different ways to rename a drive label in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to rename a drive.


CONTENTS:





Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10
To Rename a Drive in This PC

1. Open This PC in File Explorer.

2. Select a drive that you want to rename, and do step 3 or step 4 below for you want to rename the drive.

3. Click/tap on the Computer tab, click/tap on Rename in the ribbon, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. Right click or press and hold on the drive you want to rename, click/tap on Rename, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. Type a new name, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10
To Rename a Drive in Properties

1. Do step 2 (This PC) or step 3 (Disk Management) below for how you want to open properties of the drive you want to rename.


 2. To Open Drive Properties in This PC

A) Open This PC in File Explorer.

B) Right click or press and hold on the drive you want to rename, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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 3. To Open Drive Properties in Disk Management

A) Open the Win+X Quick Link menu, and click/tap on Disk Management.

B) Right click or press and hold on the drive you want to rename, click/tap on Properties, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. Type a new name, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10
To Rename a Drive in Command Prompt

Note   Note
For more details about the Label command, see: Label


1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Type the command below in the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

label <DriveLetter>: New name

Note   Note
Substitute <DriveLetter> in the command above with the drive letter of the drive you want to rename.

Substitute New name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

For example: label E: My Backups


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3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.






Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10
To Rename a Drive in PowerShell

Note   Note
For more details about the Set-Volume command, see: Set-Volume


1. Open an elevated PowerShell.

2. Do step 3 (rename by drive label) or step 4 (rename by drive letter) below for which command you want to use to rename the drive.


 3. To Rename Drive by Drive Label

A) Type the command below in the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "<Current drive name>" -NewFileSystemLabel "<New drive name>"

Note   Note
Substitute <Current drive name> in the command above with the current name of the drive.

Substitute New drive name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

For example:

Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "Backup" -NewFileSystemLabel "My Backups"

OR

Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel "Backup" -NewFileSystemLabel ""


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 4. To Rename Drive by Drive Letter

A) Type the command below in the elevated PowerShell, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

Set-Volume -DriveLetter <DriveLetter> -NewFileSystemLabel "<New drive name>"

Note   Note
Substitute <DriveLetter> in the command above with the drive letter of the drive you want to rename.

Substitute New drive name in the command above with the label you want to rename the drive with. You can leave this empty to have a default label (ex: Local Disk) for the drive.

For example:

Set-Volume -DriveLetter E -NewFileSystemLabel "My Backups"

OR

Set-Volume -FileSystemLabel E -NewFileSystemLabel ""


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5. When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell if you like.






Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Change Drive Label Name in Windows 10
To Specify a Drive Label using autorun.inf file

Note   Note
This option will override all the options above.

This option is helpful for external or removable drives that you want to always have the same drive label no matter what Windows PC you connect the drive to.


1. Open This PC in File Explorer.

2. Click/tap on the View tab, and check the File name extensions box in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

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3. Open the drive (ex: E ) you want to rename, right click or press and hold on an empty area in the drive, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Text Document. (see screenshot below)
Note   Note
If you already have a autorun.inf file in the root directory of this drive, then skip this step, and go to step 5 below instead.


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4. Right click or press and hold on the New Text Document.txt file, click/tap on Rename, rename it to autorun.inf, and click/tap on Yes to confirm changing the file extension. (see screenshots below)

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5. Open the autorun.inf file to edit it.

6. Type the separate lines below into the opened autorun.inf file.

Code:
[autorun]
label="drive name"
Note   Note
If you already have a autorun.inf file, then you would only add or change the label line.

If you wanted to remove this drive label, you can either remove the label line or delete the autorun.inf file.


Substitute drive name in the label line above with the actual name you want for the drive.

For example:

Code:
[autorun]
label="My Backups"

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7. Click/tap on File, click/tap on Save, and close the opened autorun.inf file. (see screenshot below)

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8. Restart the computer to apply. If this is for a removable drive, then you could just disconnect and reconnect the drive instead.


That's it,
Shawn